The former Malaysian lady Rosmah Mansor today declared innocent in a new case of corruption for allegedly receiving a bribe of 5 million rygit (1.22 million dollars or 1.08 million euros) related to an energy project in schools.
Rosmah, wife of former prime minister Najib Razak, also accused of several cases of corruption, allegedly received the money on December 20, 2016 in exchange for the granting of a solar hybrid project for 369 schools in the state of Sarawak, in the island of Borneo.
The payment would have been made by the company Jepak Holdings for the project called "Project Bersepadu Sistem Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Hibrid", valued at 1,250 million rygit (350 million dollars or 270 million euros), according to the statement of the court of Kuala Lumpur seen by Efe.
The accused, 68 years old and weighing another 19 corruption allegations, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison if convicted in this case, that next May 10 is scheduled to go to Superior Court.
Najib, on whom 42 charges of corruption hang, and his wife are accused mainly of enriching themselves through the millionaire detour to their private accounts of the state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhard (1MDB).
The 65-year-old politician, who led the nation from 2009 to 2018, appropriated some 2,600 million euros (at the current exchange rate of 637 million dollars or 567 million euros), according to a journalistic investigation in 2015.
On April 3, the first of a series of trials against Najib for corruption began.
In front of the Executive, Najib attributed the money to a donation from a Saudi prince, a version that was accepted at first by 1MDB (state fund), and also by the anti-corruption commission and the attorney general, who exonerated him from any suspicion.
After winning the elections in May 2018, the new prime minister, the nonagenarian and former Najib exponent, Mahathir Mohamad, reopened the investigation into the alleged corruption in the state fund that began the rosary of accusations against the exmandatario.
In addition to Malaysia, half a dozen countries, including the United States, Switzerland and Singapore, continue to investigate the embezzlement of the Malaysian state fund.
The Department of Justice of the United States figures the deviated money of 1MDB in 4,500 million dollars (4,000 million euros), of which about 1,000 million dollars (891,000 euros) would have been laundered in the North American country with the purchase of real estate, yachts, jewelery and works of art, among other goods.